last week we had a great zoom session with Penny Hulse discussion with Penny Hulse and Gael Surgenor on The Review of the Future of Local Government Watch in below. This week we will be back at Smash Palace to talk about it more with Jean Drage.
Make a submission to Review of the Future of Local Government before 28 February – it is simple to do, you can just say you agree strongly (or not) and add comments if you wish. Look below of Rosemary’s top likes about the Review.
The recent floods in Auckland and cyclone across the North Island have brought into sharp focus the need to radically rethink local and central government.
At times of disaster like this, we are told that we must be prepared first to look after ourselves and our communities. Planning and resilience begins from the flax roots up – not from the top down. Now is not the time for this but the imposition of central government dictates on local communities needs to stop. By planning together new ways of working will evolve, new funding models and more.
Rosemary is excited by these things emerging from the review
- Local Government as an activator of local wellbeing and infrastructure
- Revitalising trust and engagement at local government level is crucial to our future
- Rebuilding the relationship between governance at local and national level
- Mana whenua at the table as equal partners
- Participatory democracy processes
- A new funding model that reflects the work that needs to be done – we have reached peak rates.
- New models that recognise the benefits of collaboration and economies of scale
- Mandates from government without funding must stop
- Subsidiarity – decision making as local as possible
- Four year term
- Vote 16
- Take elections out of hands of local government back to Elections NZ